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Recording Device Ban

Recording Device Ban, originally uploaded by TaulPaul.

Friday’s Macy’s Glamorama event is probably one of the most well produced, anticipated, and fun charity events in the Minneapolis / St. Paul metro.  This year was no different.  We had a great time for a wonderful charity.  One thing did change this year.

The Orpheum Theater housed a couple thousand event goers to a specticle of fashion, and A-list performances.  I toted along my Canon Vixia HD video camera, and my iPhone 3G to tweet my perspective of the show, with some pictures being uploaded to Twitpic.  I was also able to grab some video with my video camera.  The unfortunate part of the experience was security’s constant nagging of pictures being taken.  I’m accustom to this experience, as it happens all the time.  I’ve been asked to stop taking pictures and video in all sorts of different establishments, and always comply.  I personally was never asked to stop recording at the Glamorama event, but always wonder why the policy is never made clear from the get-go.  Like the sign illustrates above, as an establishment, you must set an expectation to a have grievance.  This year’s security personnel finally gave up.  Unlike previous events in the last couple years, the shear volume of patrons recording and documenting their experience was too vast to control.  The entire row of 20-something women in front of me, each had a device, recording their experience at will.  That was about a dozen people to try and control.  It was literally impossible for security to make them all stop, so they basically quit asking.  That was the first experience of mine where this has happened, and wonder if this is the first step into a more open experience for people to freely document their experiences at concerts and events.

Have you had similar experiences?

Update:  To be clear.  The point of this post is not to pick on the staff at the Orpheum or organizers of Glamorama, as this experience is pretty normal for all concerts and events.  The purpose is to open a dialogue about how this experience needs to change.

  • billydring

    Why people feel compelled to “document an experience” rather than ENJOY it by being fully present is beyond me. Take notes if you must. Take a couple of pictures if you must, but if you paid upwards of $50 to be at a show, BE AT THE SHOW. Be there. Listen to the music. Give the speaker your full attention. Plenty of time to take 270 identical pictures of your galpals at the afterparty.
    You are, by trying to capture everything electronically, missing your life.
    I've said my piece. Flame away.

  • taulpaul

    Hi Billy,

    I like your perspective. It's the counter argument I hear most often. Documenting the experience takes away from you actually experiencing. I think it's a valid opinion, but if you take into account the shareable qualities of this media, you can make a case that you're might be losing an opportunity to share your experience with friends that were not at the event.

  • vruno

    I noticed that security got more diligent about trying to curb recording whilst Ne-Yo was performing, but they didn't really care so much during the fashion segments. There were signs posted on all doors with warnings.

  • taulpaul

    Thanks for clarifying this Kris. I noticed it centered around more of the Ne-Yo performance. I wonder if this is some sort of copyright issue? I didn't notice the signs, but take your word for it. I also wonder if spreading the word through pictures and video couldn't help through different perspectives. I'm sure Ne-Yo gets more ticket sales, and music downloads through more WOM.

  • vruno

    I am sure it is just the old school ban on recording shows that is not difficult to enforce.

    I agree that it bolsters WOM.

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